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Finding More Happy (Part 8)

18 Jan

Goodness, sometimes it can be very hard to find more happy. Which I guess is one of the challenges of this style of thinking – shit very easily can overwhelm you and before you know it, everything stinks and feels like it.

So, after an annoying day which involved a lot of everything but produced nothing, I was overjoyed to go to the theatre to watch Outlying Islands.

The Kings Head, Upper Street, Islington is one of my fave places – this is a remarkable venue who really understand and put on quality productions.

The complimentary vino in the interval was much appreciated and found me more happy as I didn’t have to open my wallet again 🙂 But, the star of the day was the outstanding show – definitely more happy found from watching this 🙂

Finding More Happy (Part 7)

17 Jan

Waking today to some sort of tummy bug was not in my grand plan of getting on. However, I took some stuff and tried to settle in to my schedule for the day.

Alas, it wasn’t going well and so I decided rather than fight it – I’d find more happy in understanding today isn’t going to go the way I planned.

So I quit the trying and called it a duvet day.

How did I find more happy? Well, I decided to not feel guilty about snuggling down with daytime tele. Sometimes you gotta know when the juice isn’t worth the squeeze 🙂

Finding More Happy (Part 6)

16 Jan

After a long day and night of entertaining with our games party I was happy to chill today, but the Other Half suggested going to see one of his friend’s who’d recently had a baby.

The sky was drab, grey and overcast, so when he suggested we take in the urban environment for the next 2.5 miles and walk it, I wasn’t exactly feeling it.

But then, I remembered my new motto: Finding More Happy and so I said yes.

So off we set for our jaunt – and I have to say when you decide to look all around you when you’re walking, you take in a whole new world. They may not be necessarily interesting things I can share with you in a photo – but trust me – I’ve realised the more I look, the more I see.

Having enjoyed a cup of tea with our friends, the three-month-old baby started getting a bit crotchety and needed a walk – so off we went for a bracing walk around the local park. It was simple and full of joy and we chatted about the somethings and nothings of life.

Enjoying being out and about I suggested to the Other Half to take a bus adventure to the dual carriage-way of Swiss Cottage and try the new Greek restaurant I’d spotted earlier in the week.

I’d love to say it was awesome, but it wasn’t. However, I reminded the Other Half while we were chowing down about the importance of Ithaca – a poem by C. P. Cavafy – and that is Ithaka is not the destination, but the journey.

Here’s the poem:

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.
 
Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.
 
Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.
 
Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.
 
And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean. 

Translated by Edmund Keeley/Philip Sherrard

(C.P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard. Edited by George Savidis. Revised Edition. Princeton University Press, 1992) 

Finding More Happy (Part 5)

15 Jan

So today started with a buzz of activity as today is vintage board game day!

I’m excited the homemade guacamole turned out delish and ready to go with my slow cooker chicken fajitas (this is a great recipe!) and I would share more pics – but I was having such fun I completely forgot!

What I loved most about today was the total immersion in games and just playing – it was like being a kid again! We played: Go For Broke, The Game of Life, Heads Up, Exploding Kittens and then ended the night with Cards Against Humanity.

I’d totally recommend a vintage board game day if you want more happy 🙂

Finding More Happy (Part 4)

13 Jan

It’s only been a few days, but the most amazing thing has happened – at the end of every day, not only am I reflecting on the more happy I’ve found, but I’m also planning the next day’s more happy I will find.

Wow!

I cannot believe in such a short timeframe that is possible!

Now every day, I find I am looking for the little things that will increase my happy levels – and I seem to find them in so many things. And I’m not talking big things, just simple, small things. Perhaps it’s an awareness – or maybe an appreciation and a level of gratitude, but whatever it is, it’s brilliant – and makes me even happier *big smiles*.

So, today – I can’t wait. I feel my happiness quota and anticipation of how the day ahead will pan out is even higher than usual. I think this is because I am looking for happy moments more!

Anyway, I’ll have to finish this post when the day has ended, but for now, I just wanted to tell you how excited I am that my day has started. Wahay!!

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Update: In preparation for my vintage board game day tomorrow, I realised I didn’t have guacamole. I popped to the Aldi that’s just opened down the road.

Scanning the shelves, I found mountains of humus, but no guacamole. Disaster.

“Excuse me,” I said to the shelf assistant, “do you have any guacamole?”

“Sorry we don’t,” she replied, shaking her head sadly.

“No problems,” I said, pondering where I could try next and walked up off the aisle. The next thing I knew the shelf assistant tapped me on the arm and looked at me excitedly.

“You know what I always do?”

I looked at her unsure how to answer and shook my head.

“I make my own – you just need a guacamole, two tomatoes and an onion, it’s delicious!”

I smiled at her watching her head bob about in the excitement of sharing this secret recipe with me.

“OK,” I reply, “I could try that…”

She marches me over to the veg stall and proudly picks up an avocado, two tomatoes and an onion.

“There!” She exclaims, pushing the items into my hands. “You have guacamole!”

I smiled in reply and thanked her. Not at all what I was planning to do – but I’m going to find more happy in trying to make her guacamole recipe!

This will be guacamole

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Update: More happy moments found. On a tenant property inspection, I met sugar gliders! I’m not sure they were so happy about being woken for me – but how cute is he in his little sleeping bag 🙂

And I love this photo I took on my bus journey into town:

And then I walked past this sign in a restaurant and decided I should own it:

And then I admired these flowers in the entrance of an art deco restaurant…

And before I knew it, the smartly dressed waitress had ushered me in and sat me at the bar (which hadn’t opened yet) and ordered me a glass of champagne:

I’ve since learned Bob Bob Ricard is the original champagne ordering bar…you have a push button at your table!

And then I met a friend and drank these cocktails – which don’t even have a name or appear on any menu – because they were made by a top mixologist at Diageo!

And then I had this pizza as a late night snack!

Definitely #findingmorehappy